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The ability of elderly people to concentrate is improved by visits outdoors, although visits outdoors do not seem to influence blood pressure or heart rates.
Researchers have linked lower mental health care costs and lower residential instability for individuals with chronic mental illness to homes in newer and properly maintained buildings.
After reviewing a series of published studies relating housing characteristics and manifestations of poor mental health (such as childhood behavioral problems and depression in adults), researchers were able to draw several conclusions about the relationship between housing characteristics and mental health.
Some traffic warning signs are not effective. Two recent journal articles profile signage that does not produce the desired behaviors by drivers.
Researchers testing hand-held interactive guides that use landmarks as navigational cues discovered that these devices can help both younger and older adults move through a space, but were particularly useful for older adults.
For most buyers, their image of home includes its neighborhood. Several new studies investigate homeowner preferences for traditional or neotraditonal neighborhoods, suburban-style neighborhoods, and open space conservation neighborhoods to determine factors that affect home preference and price.
In this issue, we present diverse research findings, yet one underlying theme for the issue is how good design increases wellbeing.
Linda Groat and David Wang have produced a definitive guide for learning more about built environments and people’s experience in them.
The Wall Street Journal reports that homeowners are becoming increasingly interested in custom designing aspects of their home.
Builder recently conducted a poll of architects, remodelers, builders, and consumers. They report: "The vast majority—88 percent—of builders surveyed said that their customers are more design conscious than buyers five years ago."